How Do I Find US Clinical Experience?
Finding US Clinical Experience can be quite a challenge, especially for IMGs. Although we do not necessarily promote or condone any of the services and opportunities described in this article, we are simply attempting to help exemplify opportunities which do exist.
US Clinical Experience usually comes in one of the following forms: sub-internships, externships, and clerkships. Be sure to read our article about US Clinical Experience (USCE): What Counts and What Doesn’t?
In terms of finding US Clinical Experience, consider the following options:
1) Leverage Your Personal and Professional Connections
Tapping into your own network is a great place to start. Perhaps those who have written Letters of Recommendation or been previous supervisors would have insight into potential opportunities. If you have friends or family in the field, ask them as well! If you know of peers who have gotten USCE, be sure to ask them for advice on how to get yours.
2) Contact Programs Directly
Politely inquire whether or not the hospital and affiliated networks offer work experiences. If they go through a third party, be sure to get the information for that service. Another option is the Extramural Electives Compendium, an affiliated program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which allows you to search for opportunities by institution and geographic location.
3) Visit Forums
Visiting residency based forums is a great place to look for opportunities, as programs often post about position availability on these forums. An example would be: https://www.usmlepress.com/
4) Utilize Paid Placement Services
Again, although we do not explicitly suggest or support any of these services, it may be helpful to be aware of them. Some services would include MedClerkships, Chicago Clerkships, AmeriClerkships Medical Society, Externship World, and FMG Portal.
Finding US Clinical Experience may take diligence and creativity. However, persistence will be key to successful placement. If you have questions or suggestions of your own, leave your thoughts in the comments below!